Saturday, 5 October 2013

COFFEE AND WALNUT CAKE



My husband requested his favourite cake to eat while watching Strictly Come Dancing ... we know how to live on a Saturday night !!
Always happy to oblige when it comes to baking .. I set to. The intention is to freeze half for another day!! we'll see ..

COFFEE AND WALNUT CAKE

Makes 12 pieces

 FOR THE SPONGE

300g soft butter

300g caster sugar

4 large eggs (beaten)

50ml milk

300g self raising flour

100g walnuts (chopped)

1 tbsp very strong espresso coffee (cooled) or use 4 heaped tsps of instant with a tbsp hot water


FOR THE ICING

150g soft butter

300g icing sugar

1 tsp milk

1tbsp coffee (as above)

12 walnut halves

PREHEAT OVEN TO 190 oC /170oC FAN

METHOD

Grease and line 2 nine inch sandwich tins

Beat the butter and sugar until really light and fluffy, great if you have a mixer, if not .. beat like mad !!

Add and beat in the eggs, a little at a time

Now fold in 100g of the flour, to prevent curdling

Fold in the coffee mix and the milk, then the rest of the flour

Finally fold in the chopped walnuts

Divide the mix between the two tins and bake for 25 minutes until the sponges are golden and risen and spring back when lightly pressed on top

Leave to cool completely
 
 
To make the icing...

Beat together all the ingredients until really light and fluffy

Sandwich the two sponges together with half the icing and spread the rest on top

Decorate with the walnut halves

EAT !! OR cut in half and wrap and freeze half for another time.....
 

ENJOY XX